• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pecking the sport of throwing pebbles at birds
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  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him.”


Pecking order - The pecking order is the order of importance or rank.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Jedediah Peck was a member of Assembly from 1798 to 1804, and State Senator until 1808.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
One good, hard peck at the big white egg told her beyond all doubt that she had been betrayed.
"The Tale of Henrietta Hen" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He pecked viciously at the spindly Chinese legs and sent Ah Lon into convulsions of terror.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
Us had three pounds of bacon, a peck of meal, two cups of flour, one quart of 'lasses, and one cup of salt, a week.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
For the angry owners were sure to fly at him with screams of rage, and peck at his head as they darted past him.
"The Tale of Dickie Deer Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Don't you think we'd better scatter about and peck at 'em when they show an eye?
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
I dassn't pick it up, 'cause she'll peck me.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
In front of him is a peck of newspaper clippings, not neatly rolled up, but loosely sprawled over the desk.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Use a half peck of kale.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
The jays alight upon it and peck away with great vigor, almost standing on tiptoe to get the proper sweep.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs

In poetry:

I forget my old age and grow youthful,
Bathing in wind-tides of spring,
When I hear the woodpecker pecking,
The first bluebird sing.
"At The Window" by Maurice Thompson
"Oh, leave me for my mother's sake,
She needs my eyes to see."
"Those eyes, young witch, the crows shall peck
From off the gallows-tree."
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"And leisurely the ring-dove on her nest
Broods till her tender chick will peck the shell
And leisurely down fall from ferny crest
The dew-drops on the well;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
"Go, when the shadow of your house is long
Upon the garden—when some new-waked bird.
Pecking and fluttering, chirps a sudden song,
And not a leaf is stirred;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
So still—the watching woodland peers
And pecks about them, butterflies
Light on her hand—a flower; eve hears
Two questions, two replies—
O love that never dies!
"Lovers" by Richard Le Gallienne
To so much strength, those overborne by it
Seemed girls, and death came to it like a girl,
Came to it, through the soft air, like a bird-
So that the boy is like a girl, is like a bird
Standing on something it has pecked to death.
"The Bronze David Of Donatello" by Randall Jarrell

In news:

Judge Peck's opinion considered first judicial endorsement of e-discovery tool.
(AP)--The eighth annual Ava Gardner Festival is commemorating the North Carolina-born actress's friendship with Gregory Peck, who starred with her in three movies.
He has ruled a fire in the 700 block of Wade Avenue , which killed Willie Hicks, undetermined until he can talk to Peck.
Due to the nature of her injuries, hospital employees have kept Peck heavily sedated.
A screenshot of the Find Jeremy Peck Facebook page, where friends and family are sharing memories and encouraging anyone with information to come forward on Dec 10, Peck's birthday .
Pam Peck and Sharon Bishop are doing the same thing on behalf of two very different teams.
Peck realized that "this is something he has to confront now," said Kircher, of Mason, in southwest Ohio.
Josh Peck has definitely changed since his chubby child star years.
Chris Peck is vice president of the Texas division for McCarthy Building Companies Inc, whose recent.
Starting Oct 19, catering trucks will be allowed to peddle their wares next to the City Plaza on Peck Street from 9 pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
IHCC golfer Connor Peck signs with Kansas.
A Freestyle Releasing release of a Peck Entertainment, Branded Pictures Entertainment production in association with the Onondaga Nation, Sports Studio.
Josh Peck, left, Josh Hutcherson, center, and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from "Red Dawn ".
Chris Hemsworth Josh Peck Josh Hutcherson Adrianne Palicki Isabel Lucas Connor Cruise Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Josh Peck, left, Josh Hutcherson, center, and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from "Red Dawn".

In science:

Morganti, R., Greenhill, L. J., Peck, A. B., Jones, D. L., & Henkel, C. 2004, in Science with the Square Kilometer Array, ed. C.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
High resolution observations (Peck & Taylor 1998b) indicate that the absorbing gas might lie in a circumnuclear torus, a large number of clouds along the line of sight to the radio continuum source, or most likely, a combination of both.
HI Absorption in the Gigamaser Galaxy TXS 2226-184 and the Relation between HI Absorption and Water Emission
This source was initially found to exhibit H i absorption in VLA observations in 1995 (Peck, Taylor & Conway 1999).
HI Absorption in the Gigamaser Galaxy TXS 2226-184 and the Relation between HI Absorption and Water Emission
Further evidence for a torus in this source is found in free-free absorption (Peck & Taylor 2001).
HI Absorption in the Gigamaser Galaxy TXS 2226-184 and the Relation between HI Absorption and Water Emission
Specific behaviours such as leadership, maintenance of the proximity when the female or the ducklings move nearer or further away, pecking and avoidance were expressed in frequencies (n/hour) and averaged on a weekly basis.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird